Cost of BSN - page 3

by p.xochil

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Im currently looking into getting my BSN In West Coast University. Its a 39 month program. The cost of tuition is 128,000 for the whole program. This blew me away at first but the upside is there is no waiting time and you do... Read More


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    Keep in mind that is along the lines of private universities here. APU is $160,000 and that's assuming you can complete your degree in 4 years.
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    That's ridiculous, and I wouldn't pay that, period. Remember if you take out loans, you will be paying a lot more than that!
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    Please don't do it. You will be stuck with the thousands of new grads here in CA all competing for a job. I have known people from my graduating class of 2008 who still cannot find an RN position and have given up entirely.
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    I have a nurse friend at work who told me her debt was close to that. She said she can't even think about owning her own home for a really long time (in CO, not CA). Think of your long term future, not just the short term.
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    People really need to examine the numbers before taking on 100 k of debt. First, new grads can expect to be unemployed and job searching for at least 6 months. No income. The average new grad salary will net 2000-3000 dollars per month, IF you are working full time. So, if the new grad is making on the lower end 2000 per month, and the loan payments are 1500 per month, how does the new grad expect to eat and pay rent? Never mind a social life for 10 years. Anything more than 60 k of debt is financially stupid. Don't fall for it.
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    That kind of debt for a BSN in absolutely crazy. I'm in an accelerated, accredited program through one of the local state universities, and I'll come out in 16 months with about $35,000 worth of debt. That includes my pre-reqs. So, earned the same degree in the same time, with MUCH less debt to be saddled with for years and years and years......
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    Quote from joanna73
    People really need to examine the numbers before taking on 100 k of debt. First, new grads can expect to be unemployed and job searching for at least 6 months. No income. The average new grad salary will net 2000-3000 dollars per month, IF you are working full time. So, if the new grad is making on the lower end 2000 per month, and the loan payments are 1500 per month, how does the new grad expect to eat and pay rent? Never mind a social life for 10 years. Anything more than 60 k of debt is financially stupid. Don't fall for it.
    Where are you getting your facts? I take home a little over 4grad a month?!?!? You can't take out the amount in loans, with WCU you will end up paying cash up front. OP many of these posters are not in CA. I am. I went there. I know the struggles of trying to get into other programs and in CA the school has a great reputation. On top of that, BSN new grads are hard to come by in this state, and its hospitals are actively pursuing BSN nurses.
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    Most new grads are not taking home 4 grand per month. My facts are based on an average range of a new grad nurse salary.
    SE_BSN_RN, MandaRN94, hiddencatRN, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from joanna73
    Most new grads are not taking home 4 grand per month. My facts are based on an average range of a new grad nurse salary.
    An average range including the entire US? As everyone knows Ca is more expensive, and I make the bottom of the barrel pay for California. $27 an hour is rock bottom here. Not challenging just curious!
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    Quote from Mrs.FlowersTheNurse
    Well im going there... WCU... in Ahaheim... Tuition was reduced due to my transfer credits... I qualify for fin aid... and I'm using my husbands GI bill (I really hope that works out as planned) and so all ill be owing per year <10k... thats a steal if you ask me!

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using allnurses.com
    Obviously, you need to do what's best in your situation and I wish you the best of luck.

    I think the point that most of the posters were trying to make is that $128k is very expensive for a BSN and that there are many much lower cost alternatives. While there are a few more expensive schools, they tend to be the highly rated, and highly selective universities, not the schools that mere mortals like most us attend. For example, UPenn - arguably the top nursing school in the country and consistently rated in the top five - runs about $180k in tuition alone for the four years necessary for a BSN. The high tuition is partially balanced by Penn's placement rate (which has been virtually 100% pretty much forever) and a powerful alumni network. As good as Penn is however, I would not think of paying $180k for a BSN from them.

    Again, best of luck to you and any other WCU students both at school and more importantly, in your job search after graduation.
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